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With enough time and money, anything is possible.
 

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How tall is the 2.3 ecoboost engine? If that could fit, that would be tons of fun, and frugal too.
 

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The old stuff is cool - but the contemporary stuff has so much more potential. K20 or K24 Honda set ups the current rage into, well, everything. 200HP or so stock and with minimal work - 260-280 at the wheels naturally aspirated; with turbo - 400-500HP not difficult at all. Local guy has a first gen MR2 with a K24/transaxle swap - from the front of the Honda to the back of the MR2. Turbo, ARP fasteners on bottom end; E85 - makes 490rwhp at 8800 rpm. Sounds otherworldly.....
 
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The height on most of the fwd stuff can usually be accommodated - although, the Metro is small. The Ecoboost, Duratec boosted Mazda motors, the GM Ecotecs, the Honda K motors -- all of them have strokes in the 93mm-102mm range which makes them TALL - closing in on a 4.0" stroke. GM's new 2.7L turbo 4 truck motor is a torque monster - for 2022 - 420 lb-ft between 1700-4000 rpm. Not a typo.
 

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I decided to keep it old school in the Corolla and found/bought this locally (Gastonia) last night. Pick it up in a week or two - have to make garage room.
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So under-hood will go from this
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The old stuff is cool - but the contemporary stuff has so much more potential. K20 or K24 Honda set ups the current rage into, well, everything. 200HP or so stock and with minimal work - 260-280 at the wheels naturally aspirated; with turbo - 400-500HP not difficult at all. Local guy has a first gen MR2 with a K24/transaxle swap - from the front of the Honda to the back of the MR2. Turbo, ARP fasteners on bottom end; E85 - makes 490rwhp at 8800 rpm. Sounds otherworldly.....
A last generation MR2 is one of my favorite cars. Not sure I'd fit in it though. I like them a lot. I see huge potential in them.
 

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Nice Bob! I’ve still got that Alcon sticker to make, it has some unique elements to the font that are going to be challenging but it can be done.
 

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I watched that vid this morning Bob - they looked great! Slightly taller, but should clear.

Richard - non-US market 2TG - dohc 1.6L. But the block is the same as my 1.8L - so the topend will go on my bottom end.
 

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I watched that vid this morning Bob - they looked great! Slightly taller, but should clear.

Richard - non-US market 2TG - dohc 1.6L. But the block is the same as my 1.8L - so the topend will go on my bottom end.
Current motor is sohc, right? What kind of gains are you expecting?
 

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You guys remember this?

 

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Yes, it’s awesome. That’s the dream for
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Current motor is pushrod hemi Richard. The DOHC has bigger/better ports because there's no pushrod in the way. At the time the 1.6L pushrod motor was rated at 96HP, the DOHC was rated at 118HP, 142 lb-ft. But with a little clean up, and better induction/exhaust - ah, who knows. These also came OEM with EFI and turbo. Those at 1.8L - 140/160/180HP.
 
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Turns out my motor is a 2T-GEU. Originally came in, likely, a high end Corolla from Japan -- 1978-1985. It was originally equipped with port injection, EFI. 9.0:1 CR, hardened valve seats and larger ports/valves than the earlier engines as Toyota was trying to return a bit of performance that had been lost trying to achieve ever-changing emissions targets. Should be fun!
 

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Nice! I had a friend with Corolla in that time frame. Want to say it was an 83. It was the high end Corolla, I think the trim level was a GTS? He put over 300k miles on that car. Lol.
 

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The GTS was the last "performance" rwd version of the Corolla here in the States - built from '85-'87 on what was the AE86 platform. It had the then-new 1.6L 4AG 4 cylinder, DOHC 4-valve engine -- same engine that came in the back of the MR2 from 85-89. Anything rwd from 80-84 would have had the 3TC in it - same engine that's in mine now. The GTS's are starting to command some serious money these days.

 
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